Reports for the beginning of the new year are encouraging for Ardmore Development Services.
A cash value of more than $4 million in construction permits was awarded in January. The projects entail residences and two businesses. There also were significant improvements to existing businesses.
Interim Director Jessica Scott said one permit with a value of $785,000 is for the new Sonic on Grand Avenue.
“They have finished demolition and will now begin construction,” she said. “It’s a long-awaited building for us.”
The other business is a western wear store on Holiday Drive owned by Billy Beane. The cash value for the new business is $582,000.
There are two new residences on the books, one of which will rise on Hess Road with a construction value of $821,849. The other is at Hidden Path with a construction value of $115,000.
In terms of renovations, additions and alterations, a commercial project carries a cash value of $1,185 million. Scott said the building on Hailey Street is for the incoming Food Bank. Another permit with a cash value of $350,000 is for renovations to a pediatrician clinic at 12th Street NW.
The cash value of $4.09 million is higher than any of the four previous years including last year’s $756,035.
In terms of development, the Ardmore Comprehensive Plan Workshops will begin this week:
n A community workshop will be Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the HFV Wilson Community Center. The workshop is for anyone who lives for works in Ardmore.
n A business workshop will be from 8- 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ardmore Public Library. The workshop is for anyone who owns or managers a business in Ardmore.
Those who can’t make the workshop can participate online at ardmorecity.org and click on the “Comprehensive Plan” link. For questions, call Ardmore City Planner Stephanie Keyser at (580) 221-2508 or email skeyser@ardmorecity.org.